Gender, migration and the global race for talent

By Anna Boucher

Gender, migration and the global race for talent


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3374-8
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: November 2018
  • BIC Category: Politics, Migration, immigration & emigration, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy, Society & social sciences / Gender studies, gender groups, Society & social sciences / Central government policies, Law & society, gender issues, Central / national / federal government policies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies


The global race for skilled immigrants seeks to attract the best global workers. In the pursuit of these individuals, governments may incidentally discriminate on gender grounds. Existing gendered differences in the global labour market related to life course trajectories, pay gaps and gendered divisions in occupational specialisation are also present in skilled immigration selection policies. Presenting the first book-length account of the global race for talent from a gender perspective, Gender, migration and the global race for talent will be read by graduate students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of immigration studies, political science, public policy, sociology and gender studies, and Australian and Canadian studies.


'Gender, migration and the global race for talent addresses a key concern for twenty-first century governments: how to recognize and eliminate gender discrimination in skilled immigration policy. Anna Boucher offers a well-documented and critical cross-national comparative examination of skilled immigration policies across twelve OECD countries, across the past several decades, and proposes an overhaul of antiquated policies based on a "male breadwinner/female trailing spouse model" that do not match the realities of the twenty-first century skilled work force or employer needs, and do not align with values of diversity and equity.'
Karen Garner, SUNY Empire State College


Part I: The global race for talent: global context
1. Skill and gender: navigating the theoretical terrain
2. Gender awareness of skilled immigration policies across the OECD: presenting the GenderImmi Dataset
Part II: Gendering skilled immigration policy in Australia and Canada, 1988-2013
3. Gendering the policy process: venue shopping and diversity-seeking
4. Changing the mix: the shift from family to skilled immigration, 1988-2003
5. New selection grids: points tests and gender effects, 1993-2003
6. Targeting skills during the global financial crisis, 2007-13: gendered winners and losers?
7. Mining booms and Nanny-Gate: the gendered terrain of temporary economic immigration, 2007-13
8. Activist mobilising, state sponsorship and venue shopping capabilities
Appendix 1. Elite interviews conducted with relevant Australians
Appendix 2. Elite interviews conducted with relevant Canadians
Appendix 3. Methodological appendix and elite interviewing schedule


Anna Boucher is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Sydney

Gender, migration and the global race for talent

By Anna Boucher

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